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Our Commitment to Diversity

Xalient signs the Tech Talent Charter (TTC) to formally pledge our commitment to diversity in the tech workforce.

The Tech Talent Charter (TTC) is a government-sponsored initiative that aims to deliver greater diversity in the UK’s tech workforce and work with companies across the UK to ensure this is a nationwide aspiration.

In the UK, just 17% of tech staff are women, and even though we are slowly starting to see a change, it’s still massively underrepresented when it comes to the people who work in tech. That’s why we’re proud to have recently joined Vodafone, BBC, Lloyds Banking Group, and around 500 companies in signing the Tech Talent Charter (TTC) pledging to address equality in the UK technology sector and to drive inclusivity in a practical, measurable way.

Time for change

Diversity and inclusion are hugely important to us here at Xalient. As a woman-owned business, there’s a strong need to do our part in helping address the gender imbalance and promote diversity more generally within the tech industry. Xalient engages in a program that specifically targets female professionals as well as those from minority groups, with new opportunities, and promotes family-friendly policies that support women returners and new entrants into the tech sector.  The field of technology is often perceived as a man’s world, so it’s important that tech organisations like ours focus on building rich, diverse, and inclusive cultures to help drive the change needed to balance the playing field.

”The importance of greater inclusion and diversity in tech is, thankfully, no longer up for debate,” said Debbie Forster, CEO of the TTC, in a statement to the press.

She added: “Sectors and organisations now need to work together to shift the dial – and this will happen a lot quicker if we pool our successes, failures, ideas and learn from them to bring about real structural change.”

“One single company can’t do it alone, which is why we’re asking organisations to sign up to the Tech Talent Charter and join the movement, she said.

Sherry Vaswani, Xalient’s Group Chief Executive Officer comments:

“I am so excited that Xalient has signed up to this vitally important charter. For us, diversity represents a huge opportunity – bringing diverse ideas that drive the innovation that’s demanded by our customers more now than ever. 

I’m passionate about encouraging more women into the tech sector, and we pride ourselves on being diverse and inclusive, but I know there is so much more that can be achieved if we work together, sharing ideas, learnings and success stories right across our industry – and the Tech Talent Charter enables exactly this.

As such, we’re looking forward to playing our part and helping make a real difference.”

Diversity and inclusivity is a key part of Xalient’s ESG Commitment – you can read more about it here.

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